How Determined Are You to Succeed at Freelancing?

Are you willing to do what it takes to be a successful freelancer?

Determination is one of the key attitudes that contribute to freelancing success.

It’s often that little bit of extra that you do that makes the difference between success and failure–whether it’s an extra hour spent working, an extra email answered, or an extra prospect contacted.

It’s determination that gives you the strength to take those extra measures that lead to success.

Do you have the determination it takes to succeed?

In this post, I’ll provide some simple questions you can use to measure your freelancing determination. If you enjoyed this post, you may also like 5 Attitudes You Need to Adopt to Succeed at Freelancing.

Do You Have Enough Determination to Make It?

You may think you’re determined enough to succeed as a freelancer, but when push comes to shove–are you really? How much determination do you actually have?

Here are eight simple questions you can ask yourself to find out how determined of a freelancer you really are:

  1. Are you a freelancer by choice? Many people resort to freelancing after other efforts to earn a living fail. While a few of these people succeed, the fact is that most do not. This shouldn’t really come as a surprise. These folks never really wanted to freelance, so they often don’t put forth much effort to succeed.
  2. Would you work overtime to meet a deadline? Of course, many of us don’t actually like overtime. That’s only natural. Finding the right freelancer work/life balance is a huge struggle. If given the choice, most of us would rather have more personal time. But freelancing is also a business. To please clients, deadlines must be met.
  3. Are you willing to move out of your comfort zone? As a freelancer, there’s no one to make you to do tasks that you’d rather not do. There’s no boss looking over your shoulder. Often, those unpleasant tasks are the very tasks that are critical to running a successful business, such as selling or keeping accurate accounting records.
  4. Do you take the time and spend the money to learn new skills and tools? Nearly every field is changing quickly. The skills and tools that you used just last year aren’t enough for you to stay competitive. Employers make sure that their employees receive updated training, but for the freelancer the cost of training comes out of his or her pocket.
  5. Are you able to deal with the financial struggles of freelancing? The determined freelancer is also a good money manager. You’ve probably already heard about the challenges of the freelancing feast or famine cycle. Guess what? The cycle is real. It takes determination to manage your finances around the ebb and flow of freelancing income.
  6. Do you wake up excited about your work? This aspect of determination is often overlooked, but still very important. If you are frustrated or discouraged about your freelancing business, you are more likely to burn out. If you burn out, how are you going to muster up enough energy to keep on working?
  7. Are you comfortable talking to others about what you do for a living? A subtle indicator that all is not right with your freelancing determination could be your reluctance to talk about your freelancing business with others. A determined freelancer is generally proud of his or her freelancing business and eager to talk about it.
  8. Can you picture yourself freelancing in the future? If you have future plans that include freelancing, it’s a good sign that your determination is strong. If you can’t picture yourself freelancing in five or ten years, it’s likely that you’ll give up if things get tough. Freelancing is just a phase you’re going through.

Take a look at the results.

If you have mostly “no” answers to these questions, it’s a sign that you may need to build up your freelancing determination. You may want to look for another line of work.

On the other hand, if you answered “yes” to most of these questions, congratulations! You are probably already a determined freelancer.

Your Turn

What other signs of freelancing determination can you think of?

Are you a determined freelancer?

Share your answers in the comments.


  1. says

    Everyone have to be determine for achieve success. So its really an important topic. In this article you have focused on few important facts. Its really important how much we have interest on freelancing, have to be punctual, have to take it seriously, have to be passionate for it. This article will make easy to take decision how much determination you have to improve.

  2. says

    Very good article, Laura, on how to measure your freelancing determination. The ebb and flow of freelancing income can be very difficult to deal with, esp. in Germany. But I want to be a freelancer in the future, too.

  3. says

    These are all such relevant questions — thank you, Laura. Even at times when everything seems to be an uphill battle in my career as a freelance designer, every day I wake up thinking how fortunate I am to be making a living doing something I love so much, and that’s what gets me through it all.

  4. says

    THANK you for posting this… I’m on the path to becoming a freelancer in a few years and I know I want to do it for sure. It’s definitely what I want. However, some days I think to myself if it’s realistic. When I answered yes to all but one and only a maybe to the last one, I think I am on a path that I will have the determination.

    Perfect pick-me-up.

  5. says

    Thanks for this post Laura! This is exactly what I want to tell my friends! A lot of them are badgering me with questions like, how to get a freelance job, how did you get all of those online jobs, can you help me find one? Freelancing isn’t easy money, you may have the talent and time but you need to be determined in order to be successful with it.

  6. says

    Nice Article! This is a very informational article. Thank you for this fantastic tips you have posted. I definitely appreciate it. And I’ve learned a lot from this post. I’ll surely take note of all of this. I’m also hoping for more updates from you.

  7. says

    This is really great advice. I experimented a bit with freelancing recently and had to ask myself all these questions along the way. For me, number 6 was the big deal breaker. I found after several months I was dreading- not looking forward to- my next assignment. I knew it was time to take a break for that reason. My recommendation would be to start slow so you don’t burn out and take on too much like I did.

  8. says

    Yep, I’ve found the most important skill that I need to work on as an aspiring freelance writer is focusing my attention exclusively on the task at hand. It’s much less about being able to multitask as it is about being able to uni-task really, really effectively.

  9. says

    I went through your list of questions and answered “Yes!” to every one of them! And here I have been thinking I have just been too stubborn to fail these past twelve years. Thanks for the insight!


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